The new record will be the follow up to the electro-pop pioneers’ 2010 album History of Modern – the release marked the reunion of the original OMD line up after their 1989 split and went on to sell more than 100,000 copies.
BMG published the previous album and is expected to take on the same role for the next record.
Publishing rights for much of OMD’s back catalogue including big hits such as Enola Gay will also be acquired by BMG as part of the company’s proposals to invest in Virgin Music Publishing catalogue – the deal is currently subject to EC approval.
Mirelle Davis, OMD Manager, said: ‘OMD are an independent-spirited band, and we were attracted to the BMG model because it allows us to continue with the independent relationships we have built, particularly in the UK.
‘Having worked together with BMG on History Of Modern, we know them and like them and this is the perfect next step. BMG are giving artists a new alternative and we are all very excited moving forward with the new album.’
The deal is a BMG ‘masters’ agreement – the company states that these adopt a more partnership-based approach to releasing records.
Artist and company jointly agree every aspect of a release, including the budget.